(LONDON) — The discovery of human remains on the Royal Family’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk over the weekend is being treated as a murder, British police announced Tuesday.
According to police, the woman’s body was found on New Year’s Day by a member of the public.
Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry said, “The body had been there for some time,” and that the, “circumstances suggest this is a murder case.”
The area has since been sectioned off while forensic teams examine the scene. An autopsy of the body is also expected to be conducted on Tuesday.
Police are examining cold cases and looking at missing persons reports in the hopes of finding a potential link.
“We are at the very early stages of the investigation and it could be a complex inquiry,” Fry told reporters Tuesday.
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Michael Pearson and Steve Almasy, CNN
Joshua Berlinger and Holly Yan, CNN Newswire